Understanding autism from an objective point of view

August 27, 2013

Bellevue College student Kevin May was given the opportunity to wear different hats during the annual of Autism Day WA celebration at the Jubilee Farm in Carnation last weekend. Literally.

Diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum as a teenager, the Issaquah resident understands the need to identify the outward signs of the disorder at a young age. Given the opportunity to interview and explore the aspects of autism as a reporter assigned to cover the annual Autism Day WA event, he was able to explore the controversy that surrounds the medical diagnosis.

Contributed Kevin May wears a vintage fedora with a ‘press’ card in the band as he enjoys walking from tent to tent at Jubilee Farm in Carnation during Autism Day WA.

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Kevin May wears a vintage fedora with a ‘press’ card in the band as he enjoys walking from tent to tent at Jubilee Farm in Carnation during Autism Day WA.

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Autism Day features demonstration by renowned savant artist

August 6, 2013

Celebrated savant artist Michael Tolleson will put his special gift on display as part of the 13th Autism Day WA celebration Aug. 10 at Jubilee Farm in Carnation. The entire day is presented free of charge for participants and vendors.

Tolleson will produce an original acrylic painting from the center stage gazebo at the fun-filled day of free activities for families and caregivers of people on the autism spectrum. More than 400 people attended the event at the working farm last summer.

Contributed Celebrated savant artist Michael Tolleson creates a 24-by-48-inch painting in 60 minutes.

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Celebrated savant artist Michael Tolleson creates a 24-by-48-inch painting in 60 minutes.

“Michael has generously agreed to donate his time and the painting he creates to help our cause,” said Autism Day founder Lynn Banki, of Sammamish. “Our goal every year is to provide contact with real-life resources available to families touched by autism.”

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